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Storing your Personalized Ornaments: Ornament Storage Boxes

Triplet Penguins in Stocking Personalized Christmas Ornament

Crafty Holiday Storage Solution

Ornament storage boxes:
Martha Stewart Living recommends each ornament be stored in it’s original box before putting away until next Christmas. If the original box is not longer available, wrap each ornament in acid-free paper, and carefully place it in a cardboard box with cardboard dividers to protect each ornament. The cardboard dividers give the box strength too – to keep it from being crushed in storage thus damaging your wonderful ornaments.

Martha recommends labeling each box with the inventory of what’s inside!

In our family, we made our own Christmas ornament storage boxes using our favorite gift wrap paper glued to the sides of the cardboard box. We decorated the outside of each box with cut out portions of our favorite Christmas cards – making a collage of Christmas memories. My 87-year-old mother has given me these boxes now, and it’s amazing to remember the many years we decorated a tree together.

Here are some ornaments that might be nice for a collection for the children in your family, https://www.calliopedesigns.com/friends-and-children-509.html. We recommend keeping that collection for each child in it’s own box. If you have dough ornaments, be sure and keep them in an airtight, Tupperware type container. Label each container with the child’s name so that next year the child can anticipate unpacking his or her own special collection.

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Storing your Personalized Ornaments: General Info

camping family of four personalized christmas ornament

Storing Your Ornaments 
Beautiful Christmas ornaments are often fragile so it’s important to develop a nice way to store them and keep them safe from breakage, weather conditions (humidity, heat, dampness, etc.) and little-unwanted creatures (bugs and mice)!

Calliope Designs offers two types of personalized ornaments. Our traditional “dough” ornaments and our new clay dough ornaments.
Our traditional dough personalized ornaments are made of a mixture of flour, salt, water, and colors, and are baked in an oven until hard, then glazed with a clear shiny coating to protect them for years. No matter how thick the coating, dough ornaments need to be stored in an airtight container to protect them from any moisture deterioration. We recommend they be stored in a Tupperware type container or a zip lock freezer bag for ultimate protection. Using this practice we continue to use the ornaments we made when we first started Calliope Designs in 1971!

Our new clay dough ornaments are made of a polymer clay – and it is not subject to any moisture or weather conditions, bugs, or mice. They are also extremely durable. So there are no specific storage requirements for their preservation.

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NEW: Whimsical Snowball Scene Christmas Ornaments

Snowball Family with Tree personalized christmas Ornaments

Calliope Designs is thrilled to be offering a new line of personalized Snowball Scene Christmas ornaments exclusively on their website, https://www.calliopedesigns.com. Designed by Calliope’s lead designer, Dorr Eddy, the originator of personalized ornaments since 1972, these clay dough three-dimensional globes offer a new handmade ornament for Christmas 2007. Priced between $19.99 and $25.99, these Christmas ornaments are highly collectible and a wonderful original holiday keepsake or gift.

Santa Rosa, CA (PRWEB) August 27, 2007 — Calliope Designs is thrilled to be offering a new line of personalized Snowball Scene Christmas ornaments exclusively on their website, https://www.calliopedesigns.com .

Designed by Calliope’s lead designer, Dorr Eddy, the originator of personalized ornaments since 1972, these clay dough three-dimensional globes offer a new handmade ornament for Christmas 2007. Priced between $19.99 and $25.99, these Christmas ornaments are highly collectible and a wonderful original holiday keepsake or gift.

We wanted to offer a truly original concept in claydough. Each style is expressly created to become a personalized ornament, and each ornament will be dated with the year to increase its collectivity.
Snow Globe Ornament
Calliope Designs has been a designer, manufacturer and importer of personalized holiday ornaments seen at Gump’s, San Francisco to Fortunoff of Westbury in New York, as well as at many gift shops and department stores, kiosks, and websites across the United States. With original designs ranging from traditional Santa Claus motifs to Penguins, Snowmen, and Teddy Bears, these new Snowball Scene Christmas Ornaments mark an exciting new addition to their product line and the website.

“Within each Snowball Scene ornament is a special Christmas story. We offer everything from the Night Before Christmas Snowball Scene to the Holy Family Nativity Snowball Scene. You’ll find Snowball Scene globes that commemorate the family our Christmas tree shopping in a festive winter sleigh, a rocking horse personalized ornament marking Baby’s First Christmas, and even a Christmas Snowball Scene wedding ornament with a bride and groom for Our First Christmas,” said Owner and President, Stephanie Eddy.

“We wanted to offer a truly original concept in claydough. Each style is expressly created to become a personalized ornament, and each ornament will be dated with the year to increase its collectivity,” she added.

These unique Snowball Scene Christmas ornaments can also be used in various holiday displays in the home. They are designed to hang on a tree or sit on a mantle or holiday table because they have a slightly flattened base. These ornaments can be used as pieces in a lovely holiday centerpiece, as party favors sitting at each guest’s table setting, or as a hostess or housewarming gift.

“We’re also excited about these Snowball Scene ornaments because our wedding theme ornaments are often used as holiday wedding favors, as gifts to the bridal party, or as part of a wedding or shower centerpiece! Our goals at Calliope Designs are always to provide a wide selection of holiday ornaments to our customers and these exclusive, fabulous, and versatile Snowball Scene Christmas ornaments will be another wonderful addition to our site and catalog.”

Calliope Designs has also added over 75 other new clay dough Christmas ornaments to be personalized for Christmas 2007. As well as new Penguin and Snowman groupings, there are all kinds of new themes including Irish ornaments featuring shamrocks and Celtic crosses, fresh New York ornaments, new Las Vegas ornaments and New Orleans ornaments!

About Calliope Designs
When Dorr and Stephanie Eddy began making bread dough ornaments in their kitchen in 1972 they had no idea how popular their handmade Christmas tree decorations would become. Today, after more than 35 years of distributing their Christmas tree ornaments through fine retailers and major department stores nationwide, their whimsical little clay dough ornaments are treasured by children and grownups all over the world.

Each Calliope dough and claydough ornament is an original creation designed by Dorr Eddy. The unique character of each personalized Christmas ornament adds to the style of a completely handmade product. The bright colors and high gloss coating add to the ornament’s attractiveness and durability. The special techniques and the tools we have created greatly enhance our consistent quality.

Every design can be personalized to order creating a unique and treasured gift.

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Gift Ideas: An Individually Handmade Christmas Ornament

Two Grandchildren For Grandparents personalized christmas Ornament

An individually handmade Christmas ornament is something that you can be proud to give as a gift. The wide range of holiday ornament designs, from pet ornaments to occupation ornaments, means that you can find something special for everyone on your list. There are ornaments for athletes with sports like football, wrestling, baseball, fishing, tennis, and karate (and more!) and each can be personalized with a name, a year or a special message. Do you have a new baby in your life? We have special ornaments for “Baby’s First Christmas” for that new bundle of joy! These ornaments last a lifetime and will bring a smile of joy to your loved one each year that they display these treasured gifts. These beautiful personalized ornaments are crafted to capture the spirit of Christmas for people of all ages! Find a huge selection of personalized ornaments at https://www.calliopedesigns.com.

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Personalized Christmas Ornament Designer Calliope Designs Launches Refreshed Website for Consumers

Calliope Designs, a Santa Rosa, California based Christmas ornament manufacturer is proud to announce their refreshed and updated e-commerce website at www.calliopedesigns.com.

Santa Rosa, CA (PRWEB) May 31, 2007 — Santa Rosa, California based dough Christmas ornament manufacturer Calliope Designs is proud to debut their new and improved website at https://www.calliopedesigns.com. This newly refreshed e-commerce website allows consumers to purchase and to order custom personalization for their high quality and whimsical claydough ornaments.

Owner and President Stephanie Eddy explained, “In the competitive industry of Christmas ornaments, you have to have a fun and usable website so people can really see what they are ordering and you need to offer your consumer control over the personalization of this special gift. We worked hard to recategorize and refresh our website to improve the user shopping experience.”

In the competitive industry of Christmas ornaments, you have to have a fun and usable website so people can really see what they are ordering and you need to offer your consumer control over the personalization of this special gift. We worked hard to recategorize and refresh our website to improve the user shopping experience.

By offering a Christmas ornament with a creative and original look as well as a personal touch, like a depiction of a family unit, we feel like we offer people the chance to capture their own family personality on their Christmas tree. When you know you can find the personalized Christmas ornament that is right for you, or the perfect Christmas ornament for a family member or friend, the ornament goes from afterthought impulse to thoughtful gift.
Christmas ornaments can be a challenging sell online. Most consumers prefer to see the product, touch it and make sure they approve of the color and quality. Additionally, Christmas ornaments can be more of an “impulse buy” rather than a well planned out keepsake. Calliope Designs aims to change that perception, offering ornaments that not only depict traditional Christmas themes like Santa Claus and Christmas angles, but also families of all shapes and sizes, hobbies, geographic regions and even sports!

“By offering a Christmas ornament with a creative and original look as well as a personal touch, like a depiction of a “non traditional” family unit, we feel like we offer people the chance to capture their own family personality on their Christmas tree. When you know you can find the personalized Christmas ornament that is right for you, or the perfect Christmas ornament for a family member or friend, the ornament goes from afterthought impulse to thoughtful gift.”

This understanding of the changing market and industry, and the evolution of the internet made it clear that this small business needed to update their website to be as thoughtful and friendly as their product. Using cogent usability studies and watching their customer behavior closely, they were able to formulate a plan and implement changes that will help people find the perfect personalized Christmas ornaments for their tree or the perfect thoughtful gift for friend or family through their website at CalliopeDesigns.com.

Eddy said, “Now that our site is laid out the way we want, our plan is now to build out all kinds of resources for our consumers. We already have a guide to making your own dough ornaments at home and we have plans to offer guides on writing personalized messages, Christmas ornament display ideas, choosing the right personalized ornaments as gifts and other helpful tips for making your holiday season brighter!”

About Calliope Designs

When Dorr and Stephanie Eddy began making bread dough personalized ornaments in their kitchen in 1972 they had no idea how popular their Christmas tree decorations would become. Today, after more than 35 years of distributing their Christmas tree ornaments through fine retailers and major department stores nationwide, their whimsical little claydough ornaments are treasured by children and grownups all over the world.

Each Calliope dough ornament is an original creation designed by Dorr Eddy. The unique character of each Christmas ornament adds to the style of a completely handmade product. The bright colors and high gloss coating add to the ornament’s attractiveness and durability. Our special techniques and the tools we have created greatly enhance our consistent quality.

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Craft Idea: Personalized ornaments for Easter

Here’s an idea for something really cute for your Easter table. Small springtime animals – lambs, chicks, bunnies, etc. whimsically designed and created to be used as place cards for Easter!

The instructions for mixing up all the dough to be used is on my previous blog postings. So some hints for making little 3 dimensional animals:

Think about the animals you’ll make and what colors you will want to have on hand. You won’t need a full range:
Lambs: black and white with blue eyes and pink nose
Chicks: yellow with blue eyes and orange feet and beak
Bunnies: white, with blue eyes and pink nose.

Tools: Definitely a garlic press, sharp kitchen knife, alum. foil, toothpicks – oh and a clean damp cloth to wipe off the table between different colors.

Size: You won’t want these to be too big. For one thing it takes forever to bake them completely. Also, they are not quite as cute when they’re big – they tend to look a little dumpy and not roly poly cute! Let’s say your animals will have a finished size of 3″ tall by 2-3 ” wide.

All animals will be constructed the same way. You’ll begin with the body – Take a piece of yellow dough and form a nice smooth ball. – We’ll do the chick first as it’s the easiest. Work on a smooth surface like Formica table top, and construct the ornament on a piece of foil. (It’s easy to move to the oven that way)

Take that ball and pinch one side to form the tail. Make another yellow ball about 1/2 the size of the first. Roll it until it is completely smooth. Stick this ball on to the first body ball, on the other side of the pinched tail area. Now you have a body and head.

Make another yellow ball about the same size as the head. Roll it very smooth. Put it on the table and cut in half. Roll each half into a ball. Then pinch one end like you did in step 1 – and then flatten the ball. You will have a wing – press that onto the side of the body. Repeat for the other side.

Now you have a body, head, and two wings.

You are finished with yellow, so wipe off the table where you were working. Let’s make the feet.
Take some orange dough, making a ball about the size of the ball that made one wing. This is not an exact science – your chicks might look different than mine! Roll that orange dough into a ball and cut it in half. Then roll each half. Put the two balls down next to each other, just barely touching. Press down on about half of the ball squishing it to the foil. Put the body of the chick on top of the two side by side feet and gently press down to have them stick together. Use a toothpick to make feet marks on the chick. (They might look a little like duck feet, but this is artistic license! They will be big enough for the chick to stand up.)

The beak is next. Take an amount of orange dough and form a ball – probably a small amount.
After the ball is smooth, use your fingers to make a cone or pyramid shape. Press into the chick’s face, right in the center of the ball. Using your sharp kitchen knife, gently slice the pyramid in half, to form both top and bottom of the beak.

Time to wipe the table again. We’ll make the eyes blue! Here take a very small amount of blue dough and roll it into a ball. Put it on the table and cut in half, and roll two new balls. They should be small, but in proportion to the beak. Take a toothpick and put it into the center of the ball. Pick up the toothpick with the ball of dough on the end, touch the end to your moist towel (or to your tongue to moisten) and place the toothpick on the chicks head right above and to the side of the beak and press in a little. The eye should stick to the head as you remove the toothpick. Repeat with the other eye.

Your chick (s) should be baked in a 225 oven until they are done. I usually leave my projects in the oven overnight. At 225 they won’t burn and they will be dried out completely.

When baked and cooled, spray with a verathane coating. When completely dry and finished, personalized with a black fine point permanent marker.

Good luck with the lamb and bunny! If you need more tips, write me back.

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Craft Ideas: Time to start making some dough!

Time to start making some dough!

OK, do you have everything on the list? If so, let’s get started by making some dough!
You can make it in smaller batches than this recipe, just reduce the proportions. You will probably want to make quite a few colors.

White
Red
Blue
Green
A little brown
A little black
A little purple
A little orange
A little yellow

After you make the dough, put it inside a nice zip lock bag and keep it in the refrigerator.
If you keep it too long and it gets sticky, just add flour the next time you want to use it.
If it gets dry, add a little moisture – water – just a little.

Here is the url with instructions: https://www.calliopedesigns.com/blog/how-to-make-dough-ornaments/

Next time: some Easter ideas!

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Craft Idea: Easter lambs personalized placecard for the Easter table

Last time we created an Easter Chick to sit on the table by each place. After each Chick is finished it should be coated with a clear acrylic spray, then personalized with an extra fine tip permanent marker! A nice little keepsake, especially if you put the year 2007 on it.

Today I’m going to write about making a standing lamb dough placecard for the Easter table.

You’ll use the same recipe for the dough materials found at www.calliopedesigns.com – making your own dough ornaments at home.

Mix up some white, black, a tiny bit of pink and a tiny bit of blue. The white should be soft, almost sticky as we are going to use the garlic press. The other colors can be medium hard.

It might be fun to have a little jingle bell to put on a collar around the lamb’s neck, but it’s not a necessity.

Tools: a toothpick, garlic press, sharp kitchen knife, and alum. foil

Again, you won’t want this little item to be too big! It will take too long to bake, and they are cuter when they are small.

The first piece to make would be the white body. Take about 2 T of white dough and roll it into a ball, then into an oval shape. Set aside.

Make the legs. These four legs will be the same size. Because they will be holding the lamb’s body and head, we will want them to be oversized in a way… sturdy. And bigger at the base than the top. (These lambs are going to be whimsical in appearance!) So make a fairly large ball of dough – roll it until round and smooth. Set it down on the table and cut it in half. Roll each half into a ball again and set them down and cut each in half. Now you have four pieces just about exactly the same size.

Roll the four pieces of dough into balls, then set the balls on a smooth surface and roll each into a cone by using the tips of your fingers and pressing down slightly on one end so it becomes smaller as the other stays the same.

You should have four legs (cones) hopefully with large bases (the feet). Set these four pieces standing up, close together and press the white body on top. Make sure it will stand up. The legs don’t have to be very tall, maybe only 1 ” or so.

Make a little black ball and roll it into an 1″ long snake – and press on to the bottom end of the body (for a black tail).

Take about 1 T of white dough and make a ball, then a football shape, and press into the body for a head. Make black ears – the same way you did the tail – a ball of black, cut in half, rolled and pinched into ear shapes. Press those on to the white dough head.

Now comes the fun part! Practice pushing dough through the garlic press. Just push out about 1/3-1/2″ of dough, and swipe it with the toothpick. The dough pieces will stick to the toothpick. Then lay the toothpick on to the white body of the lamb and pull the toothpick away leaving the dough fleece on the body. Continue over and over until you have covered the entire body of the lamb, the entire head, and the little tail and ears are sticking out.

To make the blue eyes, take a tiny bit of blue dough. Roll it into a ball, cut the ball in half. Make two tiny balls. Place them on the table. Stick the toothpick right into the center. The eye will stick to the toothpick. Touch the blue eye to your tongue, then stick the toothpick into the lamb’s head where you want the first eye to be…. repeat with the second eye.

Same process with the pink nose. You can make two nostrils or one – whichever is cuter to you.

Bake in a 225 degree oven until completely hardened. Spray with a clear acrylic coating. There is no place to personalize the lamb unless you want to cut out a flat piece of dough – perhaps a heart shape, and bake it on to the lamb’s side. Then spray and personalize.

Have fun!

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Craft Ideas: Tools and supplies for Making Personalized Ornaments

While you are gathering all of your materials and supplies together, I’d like to post a photo of some ornaments being created.

In this photo you’ll notice some of the tools we used to get special effects.

Look around in your kitchen for:
A garlic press – doesn’t matter how big the holes are. Maybe you have two different ones, that would be fun.
A kitchen knife.
Toothpicks.
Cookie sheet.
Alum. foil.
Rolling pin.
Mixing bowls.

You’ll need hairpins or paper clips for the hangers.

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A Personalized Ornament?

What’s a personalized ornament? It’s usually a Christmas ornament, but can be for any other holiday depending on the design, and it has something written on it, or engraved on it, or printed on it – usually done to order.

We’ve been making personalized ornaments out of bread dough since 1971! And it’s the way we’ve made our living all that time. Of course, as our company grew and grew we had to hire helpers, move into a warehouse and a whole lot of other things that are a fun story.

The reason I’m starting this blog is to teach anyone interested how to make dough ornaments. It’s a fun project. Kids of all ages (3-83) love playing with the “dough” which is cheap and non toxic. And the ornaments themselves become treasured family heirlooms!

It’s also a fun classroom activity, and a fun fund raising activity.

I know it’s January 2007 – and Christmas seems a long time away. We can begin with a spring project – perhaps some Easter or Mother’s Day ornaments.

Before you get started you have to have the ingredients – Here’s your shopping list, and come back soon for your first lesson!

Ordinary inexpensive white flour
Ordinary inexpensive salt, fine grind
For coloring –
Wilton cake decorating colors (quite expensive)
Schilling food coloring (inexpensive but limited in color selection)
School quality tempra powdered paints.

The alternative to making batches of colored dough is to make the ornament in natural color, then come back and paint it after it is baked.

If you’d like to see the results of our years of work you can visit our website: https://www.calliopedesigns.com